Club championship proves fitting finale at Strabane

The Club Championship brought the official golf season at Strabane Golf Club to a conclusion.  And what a fitting finale it proved to be!  Star man on the day was Darren Crawford who was in imperious form as he claimed the title with an outstanding sub-par round of 68.  The round really took off at the start of the back nine, Darren clocking up two birdies and an eagle from the tenth to the twelfth.  The eagle was, in fact, an ace at the par three twelfth, the winner cutting an exquisite five iron onto the green, the ball tracking unerringly into the hole.

Runner-up was Paddy Kennedy with a fine level par round of 69, two shots better than third-placed Mark McColgan. In the nett section of the event, Kevin McGinley produced a sensational 62 nett to win by one from Eddie McBrearty.  Also on the 63 nett mark was David Mullen while the category winners were:
Category One        Frankie Devine    67 nett
Category Two        Joe Elliott        66 nett
Category Three    Johnny Potts        67 nett

The Thursday Club got under way last week and will run right through the winter months.  Pat O’Neill got off to a successful start, his steady 40 points proving to be best of the day.  Paddy Doyle and David Mullen posted 39 points apiece to take the minor placings. Wednesday’s mixed team competition went to the quartet of Caroline Connolly, Adeline Shiels, Mark Donaghey and Frankie Connolly.  Their combined total of 26 points got them home on countback from Angela Houston, Laura McCay, Sammy Devenney and Eric Reid. Next Sunday (October 4) brings the mixed season to a close.  A timesheet will be in operation for the “flag” event, commencing at 1.30pm.

In ladies’ golf, Ann Sharkey and Teresa Logue carded 32 points to win the Daily Mail Fourball stableford.  Norma Brogan and Adeline Shiels were a couple of points adrift in second place.  The ladies’ singles competition, the Foyle Hospice Charity, was won by young Lisa Patton with a fine 36 point return.  Mandy Coyne posted 32 points to take the 0-24 category, with Caroline Connolly showing good form in taking the 25-36 category with 35 points.

The final team event of the year, the Owen Roes Classic, produced the following result:

  1. Mark McColgan, Pat O’Neill, Paul McGarrigle, Peter O’Neill .. 97pts
  2. Oliver Cresswell, Seamus Foley, Francie Conwell, Liam McCool .. 97pts
  3. Paddy Doyle, Terence McGranaghan, Danny McGinley, Pat McAneny .. 96pts
  4. Pat Corry, Sammy Devenney, Patsy Wilson, Eric Reid .. 94pts

The best all-ladies team, with a score of 88 points, comprised Adeline Shiels, Betty Kelly, Geraldine Masterson and Donna Doherty.

Sunday last was set aside for the finals of the various club matchplay tournaments.  In the Jones Cup, Freddie Patterson was in tremendous form as he overwhelmed Cathal Patton, the match finishing at the thirteenth.  Equally emphatic was Oliver Cresswell’s victory over Kevin Neeson as he claimed the Gallagher Cup by 5 and 4.  In the Lawson Cup, Tommy Sharkey held his nerve to edge out William Potts.  The match went all the way to the eighteenth with Sharkey eventually getting home by a two up margin.

The prestigious “Golfer of the Year” title proved to be something of a season-long duel between Martin Rouse and Ben Corry.  Both players have shown exemplary consistency over the summer, with first one and then the other edging ahead in the race.  Rouse finally managed to put a bit of daylight between them as he ran out the victor with a tally of 127 points.  The gallant Corry compiled 120 points to take second place, with Cathal Patton finishing third on 107 points.  David Friel deserves a mention also, being the only other player to break the 100 point barrier.

Strabane teams have taken a couple of titles in recent weeks.  The Roberts Cup team saw off the challenge of Enniskillen in the final, while the O’Haire Cup squad completed the double by defeating Castlehume GC.  The other outstanding final involving Strabane is the Senior Donegal Championship and the two-leg decider has been pencilled in for the 10th and 17th of October.

As the summer season concludes, we move seamlessly into winter golf.  Players intending to participate in the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup should note that entries close on Thursday October 1. Entries for the Junior Winter Cup close on Wednesday October 7.  The event will commence on Sunday, October 11.

This Saturday (October 3) is the Captain’s Outing to Dunfanaghey.  Players are requested to place entry fees in the competition box at Strabane before departure to the north Donegal venue.  On return, it should be noted that a beautiful set of irons will be available to one lucky player present in the clubhouse.  Music on Saturday evening will be provided by “Sharon and Gary Nixon”.

Another notable entertainment date for the diary is Saturday October 24, when the fabulous “Chevys” will be on stage headlining a Rock ‘n Roll night.  Tickets are available at the club.

Finally, it should be noted that there will be no more Saturday timesheets until the spring 2010.

Bank of Ireland Stableford

The Bank of Ireland stableford was the feature event at Strabane Golf Club last Saturday.  In conditions which were probably as good as there has been this summer, Keith Patterson posted a superb winning level par round of 41 points.  Young Ryan McGowan was just a point adrift in second place, while Garvan Godfrey claimed third place with a solid 38 points.  The gross prize went to Sean Forbes with 37 points.  James Harron, with 36 points, topped Category One, John J. Duffy was best in Category Two with 35 points, and Gerry Casey’s 36 points gained him the Category Three award.

Whilst Saturday’s competition was played in ideal conditions, the same could not be said of the early week events.  After Sunday’s torrential rains, the course was heavy as play got under way for the Monday Open.  Cahir Doherty, though, seemed to revel in the testing conditions, his excellent 37 points assuring him of the top prize. Jason Kelly claimed the runners-up spot with 36 points, just edging out Castlehume’s Seamus McGranaghan on the break of a tie. Keith Patterson took the gross prize on this occasion with 27 points.

The ladies held their “Golfer of the Year” competition (The Bertie Colhoun Cup) on Tuesday.  Norma Brogan was in outstanding form, her winning return of nett 66 giving her a comfortable cushion over the field.  Olive Turner was next best, her 70 nett giving her the 0-24 category prize.  The 25-36 category went to G. Masterson with a nett 73.
The regular ladies’ weekly competition was won this week by Maeve Corry with 30 points.  One point back, and topping the 0-24 category, was Lorna Armstrong, while Rosemary Wilson was best in the 25-36 category with 27 points.

With the nights closing in, there are only a few Wednesday mixed pairs events left.  However, there was a very good entry of 19 pairs last week, the best of these being Ann Sharkey and Karl Barr who won with 24 points.  Caroline Connolly and Freddie Wilson finished a point back in second place, with Mary and Noel McCrory a further point adrift in third place.

The Thursday competition this week was sponsored by Kirk’s Bar and Off Sales.  Martin Patton and Martin McCallion tied at the top with marvellous scores of 42 points.  Patton was declared winner after countback, with John Etherson finishing third with a fine 41 point tally.  The ever-consistent Ben Corry took the gross prize with an excellent two-over par return of 37 points.

With Autumn upon us, the popular JJ Team event makes its seasonal reappearance on Monday next, September 21, and will run right through the winter months.

September Round up, Irish Mixed Foursomes team and Club’s centenary reach a climax

The Daly’s Service Station stableford at Strabane Golf Club was played in difficult conditions on Saturday last.  A stiff breeze and a course playing to its full length conspired to ensure that not one player from a field of 175 managed to break the 40-point barrier.  Francey Conwell came closest, his fine 39 point tally earning him the top prize.  One point off the pace was runner-up Jim Malcolm who go up on countback from third-placed George McCay.  Kieran Doherty is probably playing the best golf of his life at the moment and he took Saturday’s gross award with a solid 36 point return.  Martin Rouse continues to impress and on this occasion he claimed the Category One prize with 37 points.  Category Two went to Mark McDermott with 36 points, while Frankie Connolly topped Category Three with 37 points.

By Sunday the weather had, unsurprisingly, taken a turn for the worse.  However, the scheduled “Foyle Hospice” Open Team event was still able to proceed and produced the following result:

1. Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, Joe Doherty, George Turner  – 93 pts

2. Paddy O’Kane, Senan Roarty, Frankie Connolly, Stephen Alexander – 93 pts

3. Gerard Duffy, P McCafferty, Brian McAteer, Denis O’Donnell  – 92 pts

4. Kevin McGinley, Shane McLaughlin, Pierce McLaughlin, D. Toland – 92 pts

Ladies: Mary McCrory, Annette Patton, Geraldine McCrory, Noreen McNally – 79pts

In total, there was a tremendous entry of 43 teams.

Kieran Doherty posted 38 points to win the “Golf Club Shop” Open on Thursday last, beating off the challenge of second-placed Cahir Doherty on the break of a tie.  Paddy Kennedy took third place with a two-over par offering of 37 points, while Paul McGill won the gross category with 32 points.

Wednesday’s Mixed Foursomes was won by Rachel Devenney and Eric Reid, their 23 point return giving them a five point cushion over Rosemary and Patsy Wilson.

The Irish Mixed Foursomes team failed to make it through to the all-Ireland final, going down by three matches to two against a strong Mullingar unit.  The Ulster champions got off to a flier, winning the first two matches and at one stage leading in two of the other three.  However, Mullingar came back strongly, finally clinching victory on the seventeenth green of the final match.  Whilst there was an element of disappointment in the Strabane ranks, they can look back with pride on a season that saw them sweep all before them in claiming their Ulster title.

Celebrations of the Club’s centenary reach a climax with a gala entertainment weekend – the “Marquee on the Tee”.  On Friday, local bands will be on stage, followed on Saturday by ‘John McNicholl & his Band’. On Sunday it will be the turn of the ‘Robert Mizzell Band’.  There are also a couple of bonus appearances when, from three o’clock until five on Sunday afternoon, there will be a 5-piece jazz band live on stage, followed immediately by the ever-popular Strabane Concert Brass playing “swing” until 7.15pm.  It promises to be a feast of high quality entertainment.  Tickets can be purchased at the club (Tel. 02871382271), or patrons may pay at the door.

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